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Contact Info:
Boston Office (Administration)
185 Dartmouth Street
6th floor
Boston MA 02116
phone:617-236-1652
fax:617-236-4505
e-mail:info@baa.org
Hopkinton Office (Registration)
“The Starting Line”/One Ash St.
Hopkinton MA 01748
phone:508-435-6905
fax:508-435-6590
e-mail:info@baa.org

Frequently Asked Questions

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All finishers will receive a specially designed medal before exiting the finish chutes. No finisher’s certificates will be issued on site, but will be mailed to all finishers once all of the results are made official. This process usually takes a few weeks.

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Your qualifying time is based on your age on the day of the Boston Marathon, thus your qualifying time will be 3hrs 25 min – and you can be 44 when you run your qualifying race.

For more information on qualifying times, click here

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A prize money total of $806,000 is awarded in equal amounts to men and women as follows:

Top 15 men and women ($150,000 for first place to $1,500 for 15th place, for a total of $353,000 each for men and women).

Top 5 men and women in the 40-and-over division ($10,000 for first place to $1,000 for 5th place, for a total of $20,000 each for men and women).

Top 10 men and women in the wheelchair division ($15,000 for first place to $500 for 10th place, for a total of $30,000 each for men and women).

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All runners who finish by 4:45 p.m. will receive a medal after crossing the finish line.

Awards are presented to the top 10 men and women overall, and the top three men and women in the 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ division.

They are also presented to the top five men and women in the push rim wheelchair division, the first man and woman in the wheelchair quad-class division and the top three men and women in the visually impaired division.

Team awards are presented to the members of the first men’s and women’s open team and first men’s and women’s 40-and-over team.

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Stop for assistance and direction at one of the 26 Red Cross aid stations along the course. Sweep buses pick up runners at every Red Cross station with drop-off at the finish area medical tent. Aid stations along the course close at staggered times during the day. Finish area facilities officially close six hours after the last runner crosses the start line in Hopkinton. (About 6:00 p.m.)

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Team scoring is based on the combined total net times of: top five finishers in men’s open (may include men over 40), top five finishers in men’s masters (40-over), top three finishers in men’s veterans (50-over), top three finishers in men’s seniors (60-over), and the top three finishers in all women’s divisions. Only one team per club will be scored in each division. Clubs must be current members of USATF or RRCA.
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Please submit any changes to your email address to the B.A.A. Registration Office by emailing registration@baa.org.
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Only officially registered participants are allowed on the course. The course and finish area facilities close six and a half hours after the last runner crosses the starting line. This will be at about 6:10 p.m. The Boston Marathon does not have a race walk division.

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No. For the 2014 Boston Marathon, we will no longer accept applications with times that are within 59 seconds of the listed qualifying times, (e.g., 3:05:59).

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While it is popular belief that in 1887 the B.A.A. founders chose the Unicorn as the organization’s symbol due to its place in mythology (Chinese and other mythologies regard the figure as an ideal and something to be pursued but which can never be caught), it is more likely that the Unicorn was borrowed from the coat of arms from one of the B.A.A.'s first families. Still, the now iconic Unicorn stands for striving for excellence.... even it can never be achieved.

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.